How to get rid of a body. A magic manual

Korhan Erel teams up with Léonard Engel and Maja Zimmermann to produce Engel’s second solo work ‘How to get rid of a body. A magic manual’. After a six-week rehearsal period, which started with a residency at PACT Zollverein in Essen in April, the piece will be premiered at Hoch X in Munich on September 20, 21, and 22, 2019.

A magic show? A hunting party? A punk concert? In his new solo How to get rid of a body. A magic manual, choreographer and performer Léonard Engel blurs the lines between practices and genres and plays with our fascination for illusion by going beyond the visual deception, allowing the body and its limitations to become the main subject of observation. Through the permanent attempt to disappear in its own environment, a new body emerges, morphing between different personalities while experiencing the paradox of its un-dissipating presence.

Choreography & Performance: Léonard Engel
Composition & Live Electronics: Korhan Erel
Dramaturgy: Maja Zimmermann
Outside Eye: Tamara Saphir
Costume & Set Design: Theresa Scheitzenhammer
Light Design: Charlotte Marr
Technical Consultant & Lights: Wolfgang Eibert
Production Management: Miria Wurm, Veronika Heinrich
Press Work: Miria Wurm/ Tanzbüro München
Public Relations: Veronika Heinrich/ Tanzbüro München

This project is a production by Léonard Engel in co-production with PACT Zollverein and HochX Theater und Live Art, supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media of Germany, made possible with the support of the Bayerischer Landesverband für zeitgenössischen Tanz (BLZT) financed by funds from the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst. and funded by the Kulturstiftung Stadtsparkasse München. With the friendly support of Tanzfabrik Berlin and Tanzbüro München.

Léonard Engel is an artist of the Tanzbüro München.
Special thanks to Isa Köhler, Christina Binder, Ricardo Pereira & Diana Port.

About Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel is a computer musician, improviser, sound designer based in Berlin. He plays instruments he designs on a computer by employing various controllers. He also uses analog and digital electronics. He is a founding member of Islak Köpek, Turkey’s pioneer free improvisation group, which is regarded as the band that started the free improvisation scene in Turkey. He composes and designs sounds for dance, theater, installations and film. He collaborates with dancers, video artists and spoken word artists. Korhan’s collaboration with Sydney-based video artist Fabian Astore “The Threshold” has won the Blake Prize in Australia in 2012. Korhan’s computer performance system is called Omnibus. The instruments within Omnibus are a culmination of Korhan’s musical past and aesthetic choices. Omnibus instruments use concrete sounds (samples, field recordings), morphed and processed in realtime. They can be as simple as one single sample being played using a Nintendo Wii controller to a complex system that employs granular synthesis and spectral processing. The instruments are played interactively using Nintendo Wii controllers (Korhan’s choice of controller when he plays in ensembles with acoustic/electric instrument players), an iPad (used in solo/duo performances as well as ensemble concerts) and several midi controllers. No matter what technology he uses, Korhan always stays focused on the outcome and musicality rather than processes. Korhan is the co-curator (with Nicola Hein) of UnStumm, a project that brings video artists and musicians from Germany and one other country for audiovisual improvised collaboration. Korhan has had three residencies at STEIM (Center for research & development of instruments & tools for performers) in Amsterdam, where he studied use of sensors in music performance and instrument design. He was a guest composer at the Electronic Music Studios in Stockholm in January 2011. Korhan has seven CD releases on Gruenrekorder (Germany), Creative Sources Records (Portugal), Evil Rabbit Records (Netherlands/Germany), A.K. Müzik (Turkey) and Kukuruku Recordings (Greece) as well as several netlabel releases. He performs regularly in Europe and in the Middle East as a solo artist as well as with his projects in Germany and Holland.
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